Come and relax in the shade of a castle whose history goes back over 700 years. A residence of kings, the place of reunion of the royal court, the scene of bloody fights, a place of legends and miracles, and, for your absolute satisfaction, richly decorated and truly palatial. We are sure it will be a stay to remember.
Get ready for a truly monumental stay in Estremoz. The former Paço Real, which involves the extraordinary structure of the original Tower, all made of regional white marble, will be your home for a few days. The adventure begins upon arriving at the place known as the White City: go up among the whitewashed houses until you find the western door of the castle.
Inside, the imposing view of the tower awaits you, the parish church of Santa Maria, Santa Isabel's Chapel and the monumental entrance of the Pousada. Take a deep breath, look around and enjoy the peace and the view of this historic square that welcomes you and presents you to Alentejo. Nearby activities include fishing, guided countryside treks and bicycle rides.
By entering this Pestana Historic Hotel, be impressed by the wide marble staircase and the decorative tiles, and enter the beautifully decorated rooms with paintings, tapestries, pottery and other art objects that contribute to making the environment even more sumptuous and princely.
When you embrace the monumentality that will be your constant companion during your stay, stroll down to the town and lose yourself among the streets and low houses, typically whitewashed. Walk through the original castle walls and try to find out a little more about local history: Estremoz is rich in important events of Portuguese history and also global history over the centuries.
The Pousada’s 33 rooms are spacious and worthy of royalty with beautiful canopy beds which invite you to stay for a relaxing night. With a classical decor, many of which still maintain the seventeenth century characteristics, representing a true precious heritage gem. All rooms have a mini bar, cable TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer.
Upon entering your room, which will be different from everyone else's, enjoy the paintings, ornaments, beds, Arraiolos' carpets, the bricks and the fine materials surrounding you. Embrace the view and the feeling of being the master of your castle or queen of your palace.
Stroll around the richly decorated halls, sit and enjoy the amazing ceilings and the view of the original windows, soak up and be involved in the grandeur and importance of the place that shelters you. And feel at home, as you will have access to an even more tempting corridor: the old doors seem to hide secrets and pathways to the ancient world.
Marvel at the chests of drawers, chairs, counters, low and high prominences belonging to the estate of Portuguese and Indo-Portuguese furniture and feel part of the legend surrounding this mystical and timeless space.
Enjoy a glass of regional wine in the castle’s spacious dining room or enjoy a game of pool in the Pousada de Estremoz’ games room. Take advantage of the free local parking, 1.2 km from the Estremoz railway station and 17.3 km from the Évora Monte Castle.
The Pousada's kitchen, as representative of local cuisine, has award-winning cuisine and truly typical dishes to offer. The restaurant combines the best of the Portuguese traditional cuisine with contemporary elements, where you can savour the traditional Cação de Coentrada (coriander dogfish) or Alentejo style pork loin with clams and coriander.
It is worth trying to find out the legends surrounding the queen and saint who gives name to the Pousada, one of the most beloved figures of Portuguese collective memory. It is perfectly understandable if, after your stay, you decide to study this family's genealogy to find out if one of your ancestors didn't happen to walk these lands. It's just that the feeling of coming to a place where you are treated the way you really deserve will never abandon you.´
During the ownership of Queen Santa Isabel, who died here in 1336, Estremoz became one of the main political centres of that reign, offering advice to important figures and being the private stage for royal politics during the end of the first dynasty. At the beginning of the twentieth century the grouping of the castle, the village walls, the so called Torre das Couraças (Towers of Armour) and the Queen Santa Chapel were classified as a National Monument since 1910.